Rogue helicopter pilots and "chameleon lemon-headed coward terrorist pussies."

This one's from ye olde YouTubes way back in aught-six -- but a friend just shared it with me tonight.

"I've been ready to explode like Mt St Helen's since the weekend of May 27th and 28th," says the bowl-haired and beturtlenecked gentleman with the stack of redacted documents. (thanks, misteryes!)

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Glenn Beck intvud by Katie Couric on his definition (or lack thereof) of "white culture." Link (ht: misteryes)

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Ralph Lauren opens new outlet store in the Uncanny Valley


Dude, her head's bigger than her pelvis. From Photoshop Disasters (thanks, Antinous!)

Zork rock anthem

Phil sez, "Errol and Pifie, two members of the 50 Songs in 90 Days songwriting challenge (known as 50/90) have created a nerd-core masterpiece. A rockin' walkthrough to the original ZORK text adventure game."

Walkthrough, MP3 download (Thanks, Phil!)

Apple 1984 ad, updated for 2009

DVD Jon sez, "Apple's been making an increasing number of anti-consumer moves over the last few years, so we thought it was time to remake their 1984 ad to reflect reality."

Big Brother ad by doubleTwist

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Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and John Lennon! The LS Bumble Bee video Link

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Robots Are Taking Over the World (but ukeleles will save us).

Boing Boing reader Patrick Misterovich writes,

My 12 year old son is the singer in a ukulele based indie band called The Scribbles. This video is of a live performance of their song "The Robot Song."

Web Zen: music viddy zen 2009

phenomenal handclap band
sniper twins
ballad of g.i. joe
screaming flailing machine
my territory
domo darko
bear force one
bellyful tv
the take-away shows

previously on web zen:
video killed the radio zen
music viddy zen 2007
music viddy zen 2004
music viddy zen 2003

Permalink for this edition. Web Zen is created and curated by Frank Davis, and re-posted here on Boing Boing with his kind permission. Web Zen Home and Archives, Store, Twitter.

GRISTLEISM: Throbbing Gristle's unusual new "box set"


Richard Metzger writes:

When Boing Boing’s Xeni Jardin and I interviewed Throbbing Gristle in Los Angeles, during the sound-check we were talking to Charlie Poulet, TG’s brilliant sound engineer. There was an insanely trippy song coming over the PA system and I asked him what it was. “Oh, THAT. That is a Buddha Machine—ever hear of one?”

A Buddha Machine is a little plastic box that resembles a cheap transistor radio. It has a built-in speaker and runs continuous tape loops of chanting or soothing, natural, trippy, etc, sounds. They are hipster remakes of the Tibetan prayer loop boxes (they’re ubiquitous all over China) and are manufactured by a company called FM3.

Charlie was running several of them at once to create the amazing sound-scape going on in the background as we spoke. A little while later, Chris Carter hinted that soon TG would be announcing a “special musical project” that involved no CD or MP3s whatsoever. I suspected at the time he was hazily describing something similar to a Buddha Machine. TG-stylee and I was right. Check it out!

Metzger has details here on Dangerous Minds. You can order your very own GRISTLEISM here.

My recent money-related posts at

Here are some of my recent posts about money for

Creditsnap Credit Report Card: A Truly Free Look at Your Credit Record (left): " launched a new, truly free online tool called Credit Report Card, which gives you an easy-to-understand snapshot of your credit report, along with estimated scores from the different reporting agencies."

Should I Buy It? A Flowchart to Help You Decide: "The purpose of my 'should I buy it?' question and the purpose of April's flowchart is the same: to force you to stop and think before buying something. Sometimes, a small delay between impulse and action is all it takes to avoid making an unnecessarily costly purchase."

Immunize Yourself Against Sneaky Sales Tactics: "Using insight gleaned from Dan Ariely's book Predictably Irrational, Jeff Atwood goes through marketers' sleazy tactics, one-by-one, telling you how to avoid falling prey to them."

Can You Save Money with a Self-Watering Gardening Container?: "I bought three 'Ready to Grow Complete Kits' from EarthBox for $55 each and set them up on my deck. Besides all the components (including casters so you can roll the boxes around), they come with potting mix, a bag of organic fertilizer, and a bag of dolomite with trace elements. As the website says, all you need are plants and water."

Using Brain Scans to Beat the Free Rider Problem: "The house I live on is on a private street shard by about 20 other houses. The City of Los Angeles does not maintain the street, so when repairs are needed, the residents must pay for them. Over the last couple of years, a lot of big potholes have formed. Several of the residents decided something needed to be done about it, and sent copies of repair estimates to everyone who lives on the street. If everyone pitched in an equal amount, the price per household would be $2,500 to fix the street. Most of the households paid the $2,500, but a few refused to pay."

The High Price of Ignoring the Future: "Would you rather be given £45 in three days, or £70 in three months? That was the question put to 40,000 people who took part in an experiment conducted by the BBC and the University College of London."

Dan Pink on the Surprising Science of Motivation: "Dan has been studying the psychology of human motivation. In this video, Dan offers some counter-intuitive advice about using financial rewards to incentivize people."

Would You Steal Medicine to Save Your Spouse's Life?: "Heinz broke into the drugstore and stole the drug for his wife. Should Heinz have done that?"

Money Can Buy Happiness, After All, as Long as You Don't Spend it on Yourself : "It turns out that money can buy happiness -- provided you spend it on the right things."

The Curse of Winning the Lottery: "This article reports on the sad fates of eight lottery winners who experienced bankruptcy, drug abuse, and sometimes even prison as a result of winning the lottery."

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the name says it all ---> Link

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One small step for a clown, one giant leap for clownkind.


Space history will be made this week: the first clown launched into orbit. Canadian billionaire Guy Laliberté, the circus entrepreneur behind Cirque du Soleil, was once a street performer. Now he's a space performer. Apparently, he's planning to put on a show during the trip. BBC News, MSNBC, I hope they don't cross paths with the Killer Klowns from Outer Space. (Image: Space Adventures/ONE DROP Foundation)

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Walrus TV interviews Mike Giant Link

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Topps Nutty Initials original art on eBay


The original art for some of Norman Saunders' fantastic Nutty Initials stickers are being auctioned on eBay right now. They were produced by Topps in 1967.

NORMAN SAUNDERS (1907 - 1989) was a prolific commercial artist who produced paintings for pulp magazines, paperbacks, men's adventure magazines, comic books, and trading cards. On occasion, he signed his work with his middle name, "Blaine." These distinctive characters were probably inspired by the work of Basil Wolverton. Painted fairly small, the piece as a whole measures 3.5" x 4.75, and there is some minor paint chipping in the black areas surrounding the monster, and glue residue on the reverse. Very good condition otherwise.
Nutty Initials stickers (Via Anonymous Works)

@BBVBOX: recent guest-tweeted web video picks (

(Ed. Note: The Boing Boing Video site includes a guest-curated microblog: the "BBVBOX." Here, folks whose taste in web video we admire tweet the latest clips they find. We'll post roundups here on the motherBoing.)

  • Jesse Thorn: I'm so disappointed that they left this crazy Russian sailor version of "Let It Be" off that Beatles box set. Link
  • Richard Metzger: It's good to see that Papa John Phillips didn't fuck up all his kids! Link
  • Jesse Thorn: Apparently Tracy Morgan was "the invisible fourth Tony! Toni! Tone!, also called Tony." Link
  • Richard Metzger: Margaret Thatcher Calls the House of Lords, genius funny Link
  • Jesse Thorn: Finally, someone is standing up for the real heroes in the health care reform debate: insurance companies. Link
  • Richard Metzger: Meet Kent French, champion hand clapper! Link
  • Sean Bonner: 28 Days Later reenacted in one minute Link (via @rudy)
  • Jesse Thorn: The Godfather of Soul ripping it up on Letterman in 1982. Link
  • Richard Metzger: Alan Arkin apeshit on Muppet Show Link
  • Sean Bonner: To Live and Ride in LA (on bikes!) Link
  • Richard Metzger: Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day out today in Canada (this and they get free healthcare, too?) Link
  • Richard Metzger: Star Maidens (1975) The security guards wear go-go boots and mini-skirts Link
  • Richard Metzger: Sarah Palin's Running Mate in 2012? The Skoal Rebel think Obama should be impeached! Link (warning: includes generous use of the n-word.)